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Let us now praise Post-it notes

Taking Notes
Originally uploaded by philgyford.

Phil Gyford has a neat trick, by which he adds a few large Post-it notes to the inside cover of a book he’s starting to read. Handy way to make notes on the go.

I’m also a big fan of these removable/re-placeable Avery Write-On tabs, which you can stick in the front cover of your Moleskine or similar notebook. Makes it easy to do the Jerry Brito trick—creating ad hoc sections and shifting the location of your current TODO page, etc.

In other news, Amazon should be delivering my copy of Rapid Problem Solving with Post-it Notes tomorrow. Dunno if it’ll be any good, but it does look intriguing and got good reviews.

Got a good sticky-note trick to share? Planning? Brainstorming? Contextual notes?

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My mother "agglutinates" her stickies...

My mother "agglutinates" her stickies into a stack when she needs to transport them, holding the stack together with one of those steel binder clips that have become ubiquitous in offices. The stack can then go in her purse, bag, wherever while remaining intact. When a stickie/task gets done, she tosses it. She can sort and rearrange notes, then clip them again.

To go a bit off topic, those binder clips have a thousand "alternative" uses, too. One in particular: I use them in the kitchen. For example, they hold bags closed better than anything else I've found, and tightly! (unlike things like those plastic "chip bag clips") A large one keeps that bag of chips quite fresh, indefinitely. Twist bag of brown sugar shut, apply a smaller clip at the base of the twist, and it's not going to dry out.

Neither do they wear out, e.g. like twist ties quickly do.




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